Visions of Jihp Ch'iich'
Written by Nicole E. Hirschi
Have you ever danced in the rain, been intrigued by the lightning, loved listening to the roar of thunder? Those who do are more likely to be chosen.
Fear for the lives of those around you if you are chosen. She has chosen few, and those few are left to wander the world alone in darkness serving only her.
Be warned, she does not forgive easily and she will have her chosen servants…
“Maria, don’t go out there. Please, Mama said don’t go out there!” Javier begged his older sister.
“I have to get Pako, I can’t just leave him out there in the lightning.”
“But Maria!” Javier cried, “There’s something bad out there, I know it!”
“Javier, let go of me now! Pako is in garden, I will get him and come right back I promise. The only thing out there that’s bad is the lightning.” Javier sniffled; his eyes begging his sister not to go out into the lightning storm. Maria held him tight by the shoulders and out away from her, “You stay right here. You can even leave the door open and watch me. Okay?”
“Okay.” Javier knew that he didn’t have a choice. No matter what he told his sister, she wasn’t going to listen. Bad things happened in the lightning storms. Javier had had many dreams about the bad things that happened. His six year old mind just couldn’t explain what he had witnessed in his dreams to his family. So instead he watched; waiting and knowing what was going to happen.
Maria, soaked from the rain was just opening the gate to the garden when a bolt of lightning hit the barn, the boom making Javier’s ears ring. Not taking his eyes off of his older sister, Javier saw her slip in the mud and get back up again.
Hours later, Javier jumped at the touch of his father when he and his mother came home from their evening out.
“What are you staring at?” His father asked sternly.
Javier couldn’t utter a single word, but pointed in the direction of the garden.